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Do You Qualify for Help from the California Victim Compensation Board?

November 19, 2018

Do You Qualify for Help from the California Victim Compensation Board?

When you are the victim of a crime, there are many issues that can make life difficult. At Justice 4 Crime Victims, we work tirelessly to ensure that our clients’ rights are respected that they have access to all programs available to them. One of the programs that you may qualify for is the California Victim Compensation Board, otherwise known as CalVCB.

Read on to learn more about this program and whether or not you may qualify for it. Then reach out to Justice 4 Crime Victims at 949-585-9055 to learn more about how we can help you. We know it may not feel like it, but you are not alone in this fight.

What is the California Victim Compensation Board?

It is a California state program that provides reimbursement for numerous expenses related to crime for victims of that crime. It is available to many people who have suffered either physical injury or the threat of physical injury as the direct result of being in the victim of a violent crime.

What does the California Victim Compensation Board do?

They work to help victims process claim forms for losses related to the crime. Note that many of the services they provide can also be provided by our offices.

How is the program funded?

When a person is convicted of a crime, they are sometimes required to pay restitution or penalties in line with the Federal Victims of Crime Act. These penalties and fees are used to fund the California Victim Compensation Board. The taxpayers do not fund this program.

Am I eligible for the program?

That depends on numerous factors. Generally speaking, funds are available for victims who have suffered physical injury or the threat of physical injury. In some cases, emotional injury that results from violent crime may also make a person eligible. The program only covers victims of crimes that happened in California or for California residents who became a victim while visiting another state or country. Some witnesses may also qualify for benefits.

What expenses does it cover?

The California Victim Compensation Board does not pay expenses but it does reimburse for some. Examples include up to $1,000 for crime scene clean up, dental costs, required modifications to homes or vehicles, lost income, medical costs, loss of support for dependents, mental health costs, up to $2,000 for relocation, and necessary medical equipment. In the event that the victim dies, the program may also cover up to $7,500 of funeral and burial expenses.

The program is not a good option for everyone

While the program does help many people, reimbursement comes with conditions. There must be documentation of the crime and you must apply within three years of the crime. You must cooperate both with CalVCB and law enforcement. As a result, it is not a solution for a person who does not want to work with the authorities.

If you have been the victim of a crime then you deserve a free legal consultation to learn more about the legal and financial services that may be available to you. Contact Justice 4 Crime Victims at 949-585-9055 to learn more.